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Video and Images Released from "Talk-Show: A Conversation on The Piranesi Variations"

This event featured Architecture Chair John McMorrough in conversation with Jeffrey Kipnis (Professor of Architecture, The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture), Matt Roman (Yale School of Architeture; Eisenman Architects), and Sylvia Lavin (Director of Critical Studies, Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA).

The Piranesi Variations is a project for developed by the Yale School of Architecture for the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice. The project, developed by Professor Peter Eisenmann and his students, provides a new dimension, literally, to a landmark work by 18th-century engraver, mapmaker, and architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778). Eisenman's students contributed historical analysis as a platform for three contemporary interpretations of Piranesi's drawing – one from Eisenman's own New York office, Eisenman Architects; a second from the architecture critic Jeffrey Kipnis of Ohio State University; and a third from architect Pier Vittorio Aureli of the Belgian office DOGMA. With access to Piranesi's original folio, housed in Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Eisenman's students "re-invented" Piranesi's Rome as a detailed gold-painted 3D-printed model at the scale of the original etching – the first of its kind.

For images of the event, please see this set on our Flickr.

For more information about the exhibition and to view our Vimeo video, please see this event posting.

Mar 14, 2013


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